On Thursday, the University of Texas at Austin announced it would allow students eligible for concealed carry licenses to carry weapons on campus.
The panel on The View expressed outrage over this decision, going so far apparently as to attack the state of Texas as a whole.
“I would rather send my kids to New Zealand than to Texas,” began Joy Behar, presumably criticizing the state of Texas for its gun laws. “That’s how strongly I feel about that, I think it’s the most dangerous state.”
Agreeing with her co-host, Sara Haines continued the attack. “Schools should be little islands of safety. It should be a place where you can express yourself and learn and feel safe. Honestly, I was not my best self during those emotional years, the idea that a bunch of those students who are very impressionable at that age. Those are the last people that we should be putting guns in their hands.”
“There’s a rape culture on campuses,” host Raven Symone added. “And then you’re going to put guns in the hands [of the students]. And then you’re going to put alcohol in the hands [of the students]. And then you’re going to blame them [the students] for something without giving them the right education in the first place. That’s unacceptable.”
But host Candace Cameron Bure reminded her colleagues that the world doesn’t operate on best case scenarios and blind idealism. “I’m okay with it. The reason being is so many of the gun free zones are the places that get attacked. And you do wonder if somebody was armed could less people have been killed in these mass shootings,” she said.
“Also, we have to remember that these ‘children,’ they’re actually adults because they have to be 21 years old to be armed, they are concealed weapons,” Bure continued. “They have to go through the background checks; they have to go through the gun safety to be able to carry them. So this isn’t an 18 year old out of the gate.”